October 26, 2010 |
Increasing the pressure on China, a star-studded group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates have signed an open letter calling for the world's leading economies to lobby Chinese President Hu Jintao for the release of dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, recipient of this year's award. The letter released Monday by Liu's U.S. lawyers was written at the initiative of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and signed by, among others, former Polish President Lech Walesa, former U.S. President Carter and the Dalai Lama ?
April 11, 2010 |
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died Satuday in a plane crash in Russia, was a fervent Catholic who battled communism during the Cold War and matured into a staunchly conservative politician. Kaczynski and his identical twin, Jaroslaw, rose to the top of Polish politics in 2005 when their Law and Justice Party swept to power. With Lech as president and his brother as prime minister, the snowy-haired siblings with boyish faces led their country to the right. Despite Poland's membership in the European Union, Lech Kaczynski was adamant that Warsaw not become entangled in continental politics and bureaucracy.
August 23, 2006 |
Former Polish President Lech Walesa said he had quit Solidarity, the trade union he founded that helped bring the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said he had opposed Solidarity's decision to support the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party in elections last year. Solidarity leaders said Walesa officially had not been a member since January because he had not paid his annual dues.
November 17, 2005 |
Poland's historical institute cleared Solidarity founder and former President Lech Walesa of allegations that he collaborated with the communist-era secret police, formally declaring him a victim of the feared intelligence apparatus. In 2000, a court cleared Walesa of collaboration with authorities during Poland's communist era.
August 8, 2002 |
AND FINALLY... * Lech Walesa, who once turned down a U.S. razor company's million-dollar offer to shave his trademark drooping walrus mustache for an ad campaign, has at last taken a razor to his upper lip. But he's not happy with the results. "I wanted to cause a bit of a fuss over the summer holidays, but my wife, Danuta, and I realized it wasn't a good idea," said the former leader of the Solidarity trade union that toppled the country's Communist regime.
December 7, 2001 |
Many of the world's Nobel Peace Prize laureates met here Thursday along with leading international scholars to discuss the ambitious topic of how to achieve peace in the 21st century. The three-day symposium began with the feel of a reunion among old friends. The Dalai Lama greeted acquaintances with his trademark mellow laugh. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu cheerfully bounced from one laureate to another, greeting as many as he could before the opening session began.